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RICFest 2023 is rolling out the red carpet

Olivia Barone

Arts & Entertainment Editor

The RIC Campus’ annual homecoming tradition, RICFest, is the ideal place for students, alumni, future anchors and families to experience RIC at its finest. Dabble in RIC’s diverse community via workshops and learning opportunities that can be accessed by students and guests through registration on RIC’s website. All attendees require general registration and registration for the individual events that you plan to attend. RICFest’s red carpet is set to roll out to guests on Saturday, Sept. 30 so be sure to register soon!

RIC’s own Jocelyne DeGouvenain is scheduled to provide a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) learning opportunity for RICFest guests interested in a new perspective of public health. DeGouvenain plans to discuss how factors such as environment, nutrition, economic stability and housing contribute to bodily health as well as the role nurses play in this complex system. This unique learning opportunity is set to take place during RICFest from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. in the Fogarty Life Science building, room 168.

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Artists attending RICFest will also have the opportunity to hone their skills. Work with RIC students at an interactive pottery workshop wherein you’ll be able to create your own handmade piece. No matter if you are a clay novice or experienced artisan, all are welcome to be creative, as aprons and supplies will be provided to attendees. The workshop will take place in Alex and Ani Hall from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Guests are welcome to join RIC’s community partner, The Haitian Humanitarian Network (HHN) for a free celebratory lunch. Dine and learn about our friends in remote Beaulieu, Haiti and their work to support the Erline et Armelle Clinic. Handmade items and Haitian art will be available to purchase in an effort to benefit the clinic. Connect with HHN board members, students and faculty who have visited the clinic about the organization’s history, efforts and the challenges of those living in Beaulieu. To celebrate the HHN’s 20th anniversary and what they’ve accomplished, visit the lobby in the Fogarty Life Science building from 12 p.m.–2 p.m.

If you are looking to learn about RIC’s sustainability efforts, tour the campus apiary, greenhouse, garden and beehives. Accompanied by campus beekeeper Jim Murphy, guests will suit up in the provided bee suits to observe RIC’s busiest residents at work as they make honey for school use. See what all the buzz is about this RICFest at RIC’s Bee Education Center from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m, or attend a second session from 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Please keep in mind that registration for the two sessions are separate when registering for events.

Food trucks will also be available throughout RICFest to provide food and refreshments. Guests can indulge in a treat from Matilda’s Artisan Empanadas, chow down on a hearty meal from The Burrito Bowl or enjoy one of Twisted T’s savory bread cones. All three trucks will be available for service from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on the Quad.


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